MA Gender Studies and Law SOAS University of London

The MA Gender Studies and Law at SOAS is a unique programme, its principal aim being to re-focus issues prioritised in western Gender Studies and Legal Theory on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Jointly housed by the Centre for Gender Studies and the School of Law, the programme offers the specialised study of gender and law in relation to the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, together with rigorous training in, and questioning of, contemporary gender theory. In terms of gender theory, it offers a solid foundation with sufficient breadth and depth to facilitate a range of specialist pathways.

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Jointly housed by the Centre for Gender Studies and the School of Law, the programme offers the specialised study of gender and law in relation to the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, together with rigorous training in, and questioning of, contemporary gender theory. In terms of gender theory, it offers a solid foundation with sufficient breadth and depth to facilitate a range of specialist pathways. In terms of specialisation, it draws on the expertise of internationally recognised scholars of Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS.

Aims

This programme provides:

  • specialised research training in Gender Studies, in addition to focused study of feminist legal theories and a particular area of law. This pathway is suitable for students considering advanced postgraduate research in Gender Studies with a regional specialisation; 
  • a broad MA programme for students with some background in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, and Area Studies etc. who wish to enhance their knowledge of gender in relation to cross-cultural legal issues;
  • a special interest MA, which enables students to study gender issues in depth in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation

Students take courses to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits which amounts to the total 180 credits required to complete the degree programme.

All students take the Preliminary course in law, legal reasoning and legal methods. This is a compulsory component which runs as an intensive two-week course in September, prior to the start of term. 

All students take the compulsory core courses Gender Theory and the Study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Dissertation Methods for Gender Studies, and Gender Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies. Further options include a wide range of gender and gender-related courses from a comprehensive list. Students also choose one Law option from the general MA in Law list (subject to course convenor approval).  

Upon completion of coursework and written examinations in May/June, students will write a 12,000 word dissertation based on material acquired from their courses.

Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (10,000 words) in Gender Studies, which should be based on material acquired from their courses

With a student population of around 4,000 from over 100 countries, our relatively small size ensures that we offer a friendly and welcoming environment while at the same time being able to take advantage of all University of London facilities.

  • International class
  • International faculty
  • International study tours
  • Issuance of foreign diploma and certifications

The role of the Student Recruitment is to provide information, advice and guidance about studying at SOAS to prospective students, educational representatives, universities and schools both in the UK and overseas.

Criteria for assessing applications:
  • CV Screening
  • Motivation letter
  • References
  • Language test and/or interview

A score of 90/110 for Italian students, or above.A certified English language test.

Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
Maximum number of students admitted: 2500
Please see our website for eligibility criteria.
Cost of the master: Not declared
Scholarships available
A range of student services exist to help you during your time at SOAS. They provide an invaluable source of advice and support and are available to all students of the School.
  • Tutoring
  • Wifi access
  • Disability services
  • Canteen/Meal tickets
  • Housing capacity 1000
  • Sport activities
  • Cultural activities
The University of London Careers Group staff at SOAS will be available to support you throughout your time with us. We are the dedicated provider of careers advice, events and information services for current SOAS students, staff and GradClub members.

  • Job posting
  • Book and/or database of graduates
  • Polls about alumni careers
  • Multimedia resources: links/e-books
  • Dedicated office
  • Assessment tool (strenghts, weaknesses, attitude etc.)
  • Start-up support and mentoring
  • CV sending
  • Feedback monitoring
  • International opportunities
  • Companies presentations
  • Careerday
  • Careerday per area (finance, HR, etc.)
  • Support in CV writing
  • Identifying companies for traineeship
  • Orientation seminars
  • In-company training
  • Job hunting tecniques
  • Interview preparation
  • Coaching during company's interviews
  • Traineeship quality monitoring
The Alumni team at SOAS would be delighted for all students to join the Alumni network upon graduation. SOAS alumni have access to a wide range of benefits and a strong network for post graduation support.
Activities related to Alumni Community:
  • Alumni association
  • Presence in social network
  • Alumni in the teaching body
  • Meetings with alumni
  • Workshops
  • Reunions
  • Polls
  • Yearbook
  • Access to bibliographic services
  • Lifelong mailings
  • Magazine
  • Newsletter
  • Blog/Forums
  • Alumni Directory
  • Personal page of alumni
  • Alumni Press Review
  • Business and sport club
  • Facilitations for executive programs
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                    Provenance Students Worldwide:
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                    Europe
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                    Italy
                    20%
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                    20%
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                    Gender:
                    50%
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                    Job Experience:
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                      70%
                    • 26 - 30

                      15%
                    • 31 - 35

                      10%
                    • Over 35

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                    Foreigners:
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                    Profession Teaching Staff:
                    80%
                    University professors
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